• Problem Sexual Behaviours in Children Under Twelve - what do we know and what do we need to know in supporting our residential care workers

    Residential care workers are immersed in the sharp end of child protection work, charged with caring for children displaying complex trauma based behaviours, often including problem sexual behaviours. Are you an Australian based residential care worker? Here is an opportunity to build insight, understanding and improve resources for residential care workers who are supporting children or young people engaging in problematic sexual behaviour.

  • Residential Care in Australia

    There has been ongoing concern about the safety and quality of children’s experiences in Australia’s residential care systems for a very long time. The ABC Four Corners program that aired last week, 'Broken Homes', is another example of the concerns that have been expressed by many. We heard again about the lack of safety experienced by the young people and the failures in the system to support staff. The program raised many questions about child protection systems in Australia. This blog reflects on some of those questions.

  • What on earth is placement stability in residential Out of Home Care?

    Young people in residential care often display incredibly hard to manage behaviours, and finding a placement that works for them among all the other young people with their own combination of the hard to manage behaviours is really hard.  Jenna Bollinger discusses what placement stability might - and may not - mean when applied to residential care.